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Delirious (1991)

PG | | Comedy, Fantasy | 9 August 1991 (USA)
A soap opera writer gets hit on the head and wakes up as a character in his own show.

Director:

Tom Mankiewicz
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Candy ... Jack Gable
Mariel Hemingway ... Janet Dubois / Louise
Emma Samms ... Rachel Hedison / Laura Claybourne
Raymond Burr ... Carter Hedison
Dylan Baker ... Blake Hedison
Charles Rocket ... Ty Hedison
David Rasche ... Dr. Paul Kirkwood / Dennis
Andrea Thompson ... Nurse Helen Caldwell
Zach Grenier ... Mickey
Jerry Orbach ... Lou Sherwood
Renée Taylor ... Arlene Sherwood
Milt Oberman Milt Oberman ... Fetterman
Mark Boone Junior ... Cable Man
Tony Steedman ... Edward - the Butler
John Michael Bolger ... Len (as John Bolger)
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Storyline

Jack is the head writer for a successful soap opera, and he's sweet on the show's star, lovely Laura. It's easy for everyone but Jack to see that she's playing him for a sap. But a conk on the head brings Jack some new insights - and some new powers. He finds himself in Ashford Falls, site of his fictional soap opera -- and everything he writes comes true! It's a fantastic opportunity to get Rachel, Laura's character, to fall in love with him. But life isn't easy even in the fictional world, and even when you're the author! Written by Rick Munoz <rick.munoz@his.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

A Comedy about a Soap Opera Writer Who's Typing without a Ribbon See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Fantasy

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 August 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Delirante See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$5,546,827
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Jack Gable (John Candy) produces a rare Nat 'King' Cole record that appears three more times in the movie. It plays in the deli for Jack and Janet (Mariel Hemingway'), Blake (Dylan Baker) fans himself with it at the auction and it plays again when Jack returns to the deli at the end. See more »

Goofs

The movie establishes the fact that the creation of the series and the world within the series are occurring almost concurrently; a writer can be seen typing the lines Rachel (Emma Samms) and Dr. Kirkwood (Dr. Rasche) are later saying. Yet, Carter Hedison (Raymond Burr) is in the hospital in the portrayal and at home running his business at the same time. See more »

Quotes

Jack Gable: What are you doing here? I sent you to Cleveland.
Jack Gates: I should kill you for that alone.
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits appear as if they are being typed on a typewriter, including some mistakes (cross-outs, use of white out, etc.). See more »

Connections

Features GLOW: Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling (1986) See more »

Soundtracks

IT'S A MAN'S, MAN'S, MAN'S WORLD
Written by James Brown and Betty Newsome
Performed by James Brown
Published by Dynatone Music
Administered by Unichappell Music Co, Inc. (BMI)/Clamike Music Co. (BMI)
Administered by Mietus Copyright Mngt.
Courtesy of PolyGram Special Products a division of PolyGram Records, Inc.
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John Candy's best... Hilarious all the way through...
13 July 1999 | by ParcaSee all my reviews

I can watch this movie over and over and never get tired (then again, I haven't ever tried watching it 10 times in a row in the same day)... Candy does his own sort of persona with his trademark charm without getting annoying, and the way the film turns constantly as he tries to solve his dilemma is great (particularly when he starts to write while drunk). Not a masterpiece by any standard, but a fun flick...


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